The Extinction of Desire: A Tale of Enlightenment

The Extinction of Desire: A Tale of Enlightenment

Author(s): Michael Boylan

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405148498

Online ISBN: 9780470776667

DOI: 10.1002/9780470776667

About this Book

What would you do if you suddenly became rich? Michael O'Meara had never asked himself this question. A high school history teacher in Maryland, Michael is content- until, after a freak accident, he unexpectedly finds himself the beneficiary of a million dollars that disrupt his life and leave him questioning everything he had and everything he thought he wanted. The Extinction of Desire blends Buddhist philosophy and fiction to maps the course of one man's voyage to uncover the fundamental truths about what is really valuable in life.


  • An engaging novel that seeks to portray a philosophical depiction of the author's worldview theory
  • Addresses core topics in philosophy and religion - knowledge, reality, self and others, value-in narrative form
  • Confronts the place of materialism and instant gratification in our world views
  • Includes a foreword by Charles Johnson, winner of the American National Book Award for fiction in 1990, for his book Middle Passage
  • Accompanied by a supporting website offering a wealth of additional resources, including discussion points for reading groups and a teachers' guide: www.blackwellpublishing.com/publicphilosophy/boylan

Table of contents

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  1. Part One: Part One

  2. Part Two: Part Two

  3. Part Three: Part Three

  4. Part Four: Part Four

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